According to Magalluf's hoteliers, tougher action against anti-social behaviour by local police and the Guardia Civil in Magalluf this summer has been mirrored in the resorts' hotels. There has been a 50% increase in the number of expulsions of guests during the main months of the season.
Sebastián Darder, president of the Palmanova-Magalluf hoteliers association, says that hotels have been less permissive this year when it comes to hooligan and excessive behaviour. This "firm hand" ties in with the drive towards a "new Magalluf". Actions by the hotels don't mean that there has been more trouble; what they do mean is that they reflect the attention being paid by the town hall (and its police) to bad behaviour.
Darder adds that the hoteliers are happy at the greater level of order and security on the streets. The police and Guardia, he notes, have been working on control and surveillance in the traditional trouble spots and have brought about a summer without the types of scandalous incidents of the recent past. He states that there has been much activity against illegal selling, while in hotels the cases of "balconing" have been greatly reduced ("more or less non-existent") because of these hotels' less permissive attitudes.
This new way of doing things, Darder suggests, is being shown in the high hotel occupancy rates. This September they are 10% up over last year.